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NEW: Former Tennessee U.S. Senator Dr. Bill Frist has joined a petition by a group of doctors and healthcare workers pushing Tennessee Governor Bill Lee to issue a stay-at-home order, saying his stay-at-home "suggestion" is not effective.

The state senator from Knoxville said that, as a doctor, he wishes Tennessee would have moved faster on coronavirus safety orders.

NEW: Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn is calling on the Chinese government to be held responsible for their role in the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Tennessee AFL-CIO sent us the statement below. Our request for comment from Senator Blackburn has not been returned.

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COVID-19 RELIEF AID UPDATE: U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn from Tennessee is one of eight senators who voted against the coronavirus relief bill that is now awaiting the signature of President Trump. #CHAnews 

The bill was blocked by Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee). He said it would be an “expensive” and burdensome mandate for employers, The Hill reports.

@Slicyman  @nycsouthpawIt ’s literally Lamar Alexander, the Republican Senator from Tennessee but sure let’s both sides this sucker, that’ll fix the thing.

Glad to talk with this year’s Leadership Group from @waynecountytn  and Lewis County about how we work to serve libraries, businesses, nonprofits and voters across Tennessee. Thank you for the invitation, Senator Joey Hensley.

On today's #frontpage : Former Vice President Joe Biden's unexpected surge has Bernie Sanders on his heels as the Vermont senator now needs wins by decisive margins; 'I thought this was the end': Frantic search is still on for tornado survivors in Tennessee

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Big night for @JoeBiden . Former Vice President wins Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma & Minnesota. Senator @BernieSanders  wins Vermont Colorado & Utah. Texas Massachusetts & Maine too close to call. Votes in California yet to be counted. Stay with @10News ..

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First impeachment trial in American history started today 1797—against Senator William Blount of Tennessee, charged with treason and secret conspiracy with foreign power (England):

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Isn't it sad that lightweight Senator Bob Corker, who couldn't get re-elected in the Great State of Tennessee, will now fight Tax Cuts plus!

Senator Bob Corker "begged" me to endorse him for re-election in Tennessee. I said "NO" and he dropped out (said he could not win without...

First Senator ever expelled by colleagues—William Blount, Tennessee, 1797, charged with treason and conspiracy with foreign power (England):

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Tennessee has elected its first ever woman senator, Rep@MarshaBlackburn 

•First Female senator from Tennessee •First two Native American congresswomen •First black congresswomen in CT, MA … Tuesday’s US midterm elections brought milestones for women in politics, UN Women calls this a “historic victory” ??‍?????‍?????‍♀️

I regret very much that an outstanding colleague & friend US Senator Lamar Alexander is retiring. Big loss for Tennessee/for the country & for the Senate

Congratulations to the next SENATOR from TENNESSEE, @VoteMarsha !

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Mitt Romney becomes the first politician in 173 years to serve as governor of one state and then US senator in another (last to accomplish the feat was Sam Houston, who was Tennessee governor before his legendary exploits in Texas, where he also won election to US Senate in 1846)

Can you believe, they think the fact that she’s an atheist is a reason NOT to vote for her? Good people of Tennessee, live down the disgrace of Scopes 1925. Support Gayle Jordan. Give Tennessee something to be proud of: an openly atheist State Senator.